April 16, 2012

Owens Center for Fine and Performing Arts Welcomes Internationally-Known Culinary Explorer Andrew Zimmern, April 30

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents are invited on a journey of exotic food exploration and discovery as Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts welcomes internationally-known chef, writer and culinary explorer Andrew Zimmern to the Mainstage Theatre for a lecture presentation on Monday, April 30.

Zimmern’s lecture presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Owens Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Andrew Zimmern is known internationally for his culinary expertise and knowledge,” said Barbara Barkan, Owens Director for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. “He has traveled the world exploring the cuisine of other countries and will share his cultural experiences with attendees as part of a lecture presentation.”

As the co-creator, host and consulting producer of Travel Channel’s series “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” and “Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World”, Zimmern travels the globe exploring food, which is found in world class restaurants as well as in local street carts and jungle markets.

In May 2010, Zimmern was honored with the James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Food Personality. His online series “Appetite for Life” received an Effie in 2010. “Bizarre Foods” also took home two CableFax awards in 2009, one for Best Television Program: Food, and another for Best Online Extras for his other web series “Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen”.

Additionally, Zimmern is a contributing editor and award-winning monthly columnist at the “Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine” and a senior editor at “Delta Sky Magazine”. As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in numerous national and international publications, including “Food and Wine” and “Saveur”.

Zimmern is also the author of “The Bizarre Truth” and has several books slated for release in the near future.

Tickets for the lecture presentation are $40 for main seating and $30 for raised seating. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu or contact the College’s Box Office. For more information about this event, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2787.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.